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Sunday, March 2nd
(All times Eastern)
Utah Jazz (21-37) at Indiana Pacers (45-13), 6 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Indiana Pacers are in the midst of a four-game
winning streak and they'll try to make it five Sunday night when they host
the Utah Jazz.
The Pacers collected their fourth consecutive victory Saturday night with a
102-97 road win over the Boston Celtics. Indiana has won three straight as the
Paul George had 25 points, eight rebounds and three steals, while Lance
Stephenson tallied 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Roy Hibbert added
15 points and five boards for Indiana.
"Good win for our guys. Good balance amongst the starters," Pacers head coach
Frank Vogel said.
Point guard George Hill sat out against the Celtics with a bruised left
shoulder. His status for Sunday is unknown, but C.J. Watson started in his
place and managed seven points.
Newly acquired Evan Turner scored 17 points off the bench and saw some time
handling the ball.
The Pacers will host the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, then head south for
a three-game road trip.
The Jazz began a six-game eastern road trip Friday night in Cleveland and it
was a painful stop at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs squashed the Jazz 99-79
behind a triple-double from All-Star Kyrie Irving.
Gordon Hayward paced Utah with 18 points, Richard Jefferson chipped in 13, and
Alec Burks added 11 in the loss. The Jazz had their two-game winning streak
"(The Cavaliers) were the aggressive team," said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin. "I
thought our defense held us in there in the first half. We didn't shoot our
best, but I thought our defense held us in it."
The Jazz held the Cavs under 50 percent from the field and just 26.7 percent
from the 3-point line. Cleveland committed more turnovers than Utah, but the
Cavs demolished the Jazz on the glass to the tune of 56-31. Three Cavaliers -
Irving, Spencer Hawes and Tristan Thompson - all reached double figures in
The Jazz fell to 7-21 on the road, which is the worst mark in the Western
The Pacers beat the Jazz by nine in Salt Lake City on Dec. 4 and have taken
three of the last four meetings. Indiana is 3-1 in its last four hosting the
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